Orhan Ates

orhan atesMediterranean poker cup (1st May - 11th may, 2015)

Congratulations on your victory! Did you expect to win the first place or did come by surprise?
Thank you very much. I have been waiting for it, of course. A player should always expect to win otherwise there is no motivation to play.

How long have you been coming to the Merit Poker events?
I have been playing here for the last 3-4 years. I had a two-year break and this is my first tournament after the break. My friends were coming here constantly and told me about Merit Poker. I started playing Texas Hold’em about ten years ago. As it often happens, we started playing at the University. The friends were coming together to spend some time enjoying the game. Apart from Hold’em, we used to play Turkish variety of poker and Omaha.

Do you play online?
I used to play online poker before, but gave it up. Playing live games is more interesting and fun. I just love to be here – I do not consider going to play elsewhere. Merit Poker staff, atmosphere and services are very good. Here a player has nothing to worry about; it is organized in such a way, that everything is just at your fingertips. All you have to do is to play the game and concentrate on it.

What is the most important for a poker player?
I think that the most important is motivation. Finding motivation to achieve your goals in poker is easy when you first start playing. Poker is exciting, you’re learning a lot, and making some money. Then, the game can become a grind and finding the motivation becomes harder and harder. All players will experience ups and downs in motivation, but the important thing is to learn how to fix it.

What was the winning card combination in the heads-up?
I had KJ and my opponent had a pair of 7s. A-2-4 came on the flop, J on the turn and 6 on the river, so my pair of J’s has won me the game.

Thank you very much for the interview and good luck for the future.

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